Most Of Us Don’t Get Enough

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Sleep – that is.  Nowadays everyone is pushing their limits even though it is well known that it is important for health. The common wisdom is that eight hours a night is what you want. Studies galore support the notion that at least seven hours a night are the right amount. Certainly I know that I function better with a full eight hours regularly.

So what to make of those people who regularly sleep less – sometimes much less? Are they courting exhaustion, health breakdown or other problems?

The answer is yes – unless they have a rare (but inherited) gene mutation called DEC2. A new study shows that people with the DEC2 gene mutation can do just fine on six hours or less of sleep – not just fine, but as well as if they had gotten eight or more hours of sleep. Sometimes life just isn’t fair…

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